Birken Law

Jessica Birken

I empower nonprofit leaders to achieve their mission by helping them do things right.

Start a Nonprofit

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Starting a nonprofit is exciting…and intimidating! There are so many choices to make. Should you start a nonprofit or a for-profit? If you start a nonprofit then how do you get income tax exemption? So many forms – ugh! What are the steps involved?

  • Incorporation
  • Drafting articles & bylaws
  • IRS income tax exemption
  • State sales tax exemption

Crisis Management

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Help! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Nonprofits have emergencies too. At mission-centered organizations, PR is important. You need to act fast and get sound advice to make sure donors are assured that the right things are happening.

  • Board conflicts
  • Public relations
  • Legal threats
  • People problems

Risk Management

Protect your 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt status by avoiding these 6 things.

Running a nonprofit is like any other business – full of paperwork! You're doing this because you love The Work not the paperwork. But, with great programming comes great responsibility – to make sure deals get done well. Protect your organization.

  • Contracts
  • Leases
  • Buy / sell property
  • Policies & procedures


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